Professor Vasile Bogrea was the most prominent star in a constellation of academics in the first years after the First World War. Impressive polyglot – being, according to Hasdeu, ‛the most skilful in comparative linguistics of all Romanian linguists’ –, he possessed an amazing encyclopaedic knowledge and a memory comparable with Nicolae Iorga’s. Nearly a century after his untimely death, Bogrea’s work, including the ethical one, despite its limited extent, withstands the test of time, testifying for a brilliant mind that had once simply charmed its contemporaries. Among Vasile Bogrea’s notes, a university pentalogue was posthumously published, a true moral code in a nutshell, which synthesizes in sparkling formulations some perennial principles.
This article analyses the provisions of the pentalogue, showing that their essence is to be found in the provisions of the Code of Ethics of Babeș-Bolyai University, the current name of the higher education institution whose brilliant professor was, between 1919 and 1926, Vasile Bogrea.
The re-discovery of the pentalogue at the institutional level as a preamble of the Code of Ethics would imply the shouldering of a moral tradition of the best bill by one of the largest and most prestigious higher education institutions in Romania.